University of Reading

University of Reading

Sustainable Food Quality and Health

The MSc Sustainable Food Quality for Health is a flexible course aimed at food and agricultural industry employees which combines traditional academic disciplines with research in the workplace. You will choose from one of three thematic pathways to suit your specialty: Sustainable Practices in Food Production, Nutrition, Food and the Consumer, and Managing Risk and Food Safety. Receiving advanced training in food and agricultural sciences, you will gain an excellent theoretical and practical understanding of how the food industry operates by covering topics such as nutrition, health and the consumer, food quality and regulation, food manufacture and sustainable food production. The skills which you learn in this programme will give you experience of using cutting edge technology to deliver industry-based, scientifically sound results. You will graduate with the ability to assume research, design and leadership roles within the industry. This MSc is provided by the AgriFood Training Partnership (AFTP). The programme is awarded by the University of Reading with the option to take modules offered across the partnership by the University of Nottingham, Aberystwyth University, Harper Adams University, Cranfield University and Bangor University Designed for professionals who do not want to step away from current roles, the programme is a flexible part time commitment available over one to five years. **CAREERS** The safety, quality and nutritional properties of the food reaching consumers depends upon an understanding of science and technology. You will gain the knowledge required to embark on a career within a range of organisations, including multinational food manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, major retail chains and smaller companies supplying niche markets. Alternatively, you could go on to study for a PhD. Recent examples of jobs obtained by our graduates have included: Process Technologist with Pepsico International Quality Executive with Agro Tech Foods, New Product Developer with Bakkavor, Food Technologist with Tesco and Research and Development Technologist with Kerry Ingredients and Flavours.

Entry requirements

MSc: We normally require a good first or second class honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK), in a relevant pure or applied science, technology or engineering subject, and a minimum of one year's relevant full-time work experience. You should be employed in the food and agricultural industries and remain in this employment throughout the programme. To apply for this programme please contact the AFTP administrator directly by email at **** IELTS: 6.5 overall with no element less than 5.5 (or equivalent).

Course modules

* Understanding and influencing consumer behaviour * Sustainable supply systems * Flavour: from farm to fork and beyond * Diet quality and health * Fresh produce quality management


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Mixed mode September 2019 - 36 Months

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